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Wordbound Week 12

This week’s Wordbound prompt was:  Pick a tweet from a friend and find a way to incorporate all words into your scene.  I decided to just go with someone who I enjoy following on Twitter and chose this tweet:

fight trump read a book

An Excerpt

“How are you?” Kevin said.

“Great,” Becca said, “You haven’t seen a bunch of envelopes lying around anywhere, have you?  With a big number two on them?”

“No, I haven’t,” he said, “So what have you been up to lately?”

“Umm…well,” she said, “Andy, Vanessa, and I are trying to start a bakery.”

“A bakery?” he said skeptically, “That’s…cute.”

“What?” Becca said, rolling her eyes, “What’s wrong with that?”

“Nothing,” he said, “It’s just…I think you could do so much more with your life than open some silly little bakery.”

Becca took a deep breath.

“I really don’t want to fight about this right now, Kevin.  We did enough fighting when we were actually a couple.  Let’s just agree that I’m going to do whatever I want regardless of how silly you think it is and move on,” Becca said.

“Fine,” Kevin said.

Becca looked around the room, but she didn’t see Vanessa or Andy anywhere.

“You didn’t ask me what I’ve been up to,” Kevin said.

Becca rolled her eyes again.

“What have you been up to?” she asked.

“I’m writing a book,” he said, “Well, a memoir really.  About my life.  My experiences.”

In that moment, Becca could not recall a single thing she learned about him in their time together that anyone else would want to read about.

“That’s great,” Becca said unenthusiastically.

“Maybe you’d like to read it sometime,” he said.

“I would really, really not,” she said.

Just then, Andy walked up and joined them.

“Hey, Bex,” she said, “We should probably go find Vanessa.”

Andy nodded at Kevin.  They turned away without saying a word to him and disappeared into the crowd.

“Thank you,” Becca said.

“Is it possible that he’s gotten even more pretentious?” Andy said.

“Literally anything is possible,” Becca said, “Donald Trump is president.”

Writing Goal Updates

It was another bad writing week.  This was the only thing I worked on, but only writing a couple hundred words is better than not writing anything at all.  I’m setting myself a goal of 500 words a day again.  I should be able to do it as long as I can find a way to stay focused.


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Wordbound Week 11

This week’s Wordbound prompt was:   Write a scene inspired by something a character cannot see.  I thought it would fit right in where I left off with my short story last week.

An Excerpt

Becca, Vanessa, and Andy walked a few blocks to another bar.

“Seriously?” Vanessa said, “Here?”

“Yep,” Becca said, “The owners hate each other.  They’ve been in competition for years.  Kevin told me all about it.”

Andy groaned.

“Do you think he’s in there?” she said, “Do you want to wait out here?”

“No,” Becca said, “Let’s just go in, find the next clue, and get out of here.”

They walked into the bar and scanned the room, searching for any sign of their next clue.

“I don’t see anything,” Andy said, “It could be anywhere.”

“At least there’s no sign of Kevin,” Vanessa said.

“Maybe we should split up,” Becca said.

“Wait,” Vanessa said, looking at the first clue again, “It says easy as one, two, three.  So maybe there’s something in a group of three?  And maybe the worst place to be isn’t just the bar.  Maybe it’s the worst place to be in the bar.”

“But where would that be?” Andy said.

“I don’t know,” Vanessa said, “Let’s just start looking.”

They split up and went off in different directions to look for any sign of the clue.  Becca approached the bar just as the door to the kitchen opened and someone walked out.  She froze when she saw who it was and he smiled when he saw her.

“Becca,” he said pleasantly.

“Kevin,” she said, wishing she were anywhere else, “I see you finally grew that mustache.”

Writing Goal Updates

This week was not a good writing week.  I set myself a goal of 500 words a day, but I didn’t meet it.  If it weren’t for this, I probably wouldn’t have written anything at all this week. It’s disappointing because I know I can do a lot better and write a lot more.  It’s not like I was busier than usual.  I just didn’t write that much.  I’m setting myself the same goal for next week, and hopefully I can meet it this time and write a little extra to make up for this week.

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Wordbound Week 10

This week’s Wordbound prompt was: Use numbers in an interesting way.  It took me a couple days to decide what to do with this prompt. I thought about working it into one of the stories I’ve been working on, but I didn’t like any of my ideas for those, so I decided on a short story instead.

An Excerpt

“This is a terrible idea,” Becca said.

“No, it’s an amazing idea,” Vanessa argued.

“It’s both,” Andy said, “And it’s too late to argue about it.  We’re here.”

The three women looked up at the bright, neon sign above the bar’s door.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” Becca asked.

“Absolutely,” Vanessa answered.  They walked inside where there were already several groups of three clustered around the bar.

“I’ll go check us in,” Vanessa said, walking away toward the man sitting at a table across the room.  She came back a few minutes later, holding a small yellow envelope with a large number one on the back.

The man at the front of the room stepped up onto the karaoke stage and grabbed the microphone.

“Are you ready to get started?” he yelled.  Everyone cheered loudly.

“You all know what this is about,” he said, “The first team to solve all the clues and get to the final location wins $30,000.  You all have the first clue.”

He paused to look at his watch.

“And you can open them in three…two…one!” he yelled.

Every team scrambled to open their envelopes.  Vanessa tore their envelope apart and held up the small slip of paper for all of them to see.  Andy read it aloud.

“Our rivals we will always beat, we will never accept defeat, just look for the worst place to be, it’s as easy as one, two, three,” Andy said.

“What the hell does that mean?” Vanessa said.

“I know where we have to go,” Becca said with a resigned sigh.

Writing Goal Updates

This definitely wasn’t the best writing week.  I didn’t write much outside of working on this week’s prompt.  I tried setting a goal of 1000 words a day again, but I think it was just too much this week and I got too distracted.  I think this week I’ll go with a goal of 500 words a day.  Hopefully I’ll write more than that, but I just need to get back on track and in the habit of writing something every day.

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Wordbound Week 9

This week’s Wordbound prompt was: Take an author photo and write yourself a bio.  I’d never really thought about what I’d put in an author bio.  I’m sure this would change by the time I publish something, but I think this is a decent description of me right now.

Author Bio

Sarah is the author of Heroes and The Five Kingdoms series.  She has participated in NaNoWriMo the last two years and plans on continuing to do so in the future.  When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading or watching shows about witches and magic and/or royalty.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her cats.

(These are working titles for the two projects I’m working on)

And here’s a photo…


Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t have much going on this week, so I set myself a goal of 1000 words a day and somehow managed to stay focused enough to meet that goal.  Again, I worked mostly on my superhero project.  It’s been the easiest to work on and it’s helping me feel a bit better about the current state of the world.

I’m also noticing that I’m feeling better about not getting things done perfectly the first time.  While I’ve been working on the superhero project, I’ve decided on some major changes that I want to make to what I’ve already written, which at one point would have made me just completely start over.  But this time I’ve made note of it and I’m continuing the story from where I am.  I’ve probably started over the fairy tale project I’m working on at least half a dozen times because of this, but because of NaNoWriMo last year, I finished a rough draft of the first part of that story.  I have a lot of anxiety about my writing, but the more I actually write, the easier it becomes to accept that the first draft probably won’t be that great.